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Understanding Texas Guardianship

Texas law recognizes two types of guardianship. One to provide personal care and  ensure the safety and comfort of an incapacitated person (the ward), and a second to watch over and supervise their financial assets.

Guardians of the Person are assigned to individuals under the age of 18 and those who cannot take care of themselves because of illness or infirmity.  The guardian of the person is responsible for the overall health and well-being of the ward.

Guardians of the Estate monitor, collect, and disburse assets and finances for the ward.

Often, a single individual serves as both guardian of the person and estate.

Texas law will only grant legal guardianship after a request and review process. If the ward is over the age of 18, the person who seeks guardianship must present the court with documentation explaining why the individual needs his/her aid. This may include medical records and witness interviews. Our attorneys have the experience and know how to ensure your loved ones are well taken care of receive the proper care.

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